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Money Matters: 10 Years ofthe Belper Our FirsttoDecade When BestIFS:Action Business & Professional 10 years ago, Belper Independent Financial Take Noformed Action… Solutionsiswas after its founder (me, Money Matters:

Kevin Glover) was made redundant from The As I write this, there’sSociety. a great deal of unease, Derbyshire Building 10 Years of Belper IFS: OurIt’s Firsta worrying Decade uncertainty and conflict in the world. Since then, Belper has seen the loss of The Derbyshire, time. While we all have fears and concerns on 10 years ago, Thomas Belper Independent Woolworths, Somerfield, Cook andFinancial Britannia formed founder (me, many levels, ISolutions turn towas my role asafter an its Independent Building Society to name but a few long-standing Glover) was made institutions thatKevin are now confined toredundant history. from The Financial Adviser. Derbyshire Building Society.

Generations of people have been served or been Since then, Belper the loss ofprobably The Derbyshire, A large part of of these my role over thehas lastseen 2You years has been customers organisations. are Woolworths, Somerfield, Thomas Cook and Britannia providing comfort andAge counsel; allaying concerns one. State Pension hastochanged times and Building Society name butinvestors’ aseveral few long-standing overmost fears likely of theinstitutions global markets during very turbulent so again. least interest rates have will do that areAt now confined to history. times. Investors saw this turbulence viabeen the media but also Generations of people have or been not changed much! Rubbish then and notserved much better of these Youinvestment are probably significant falls incustomers the values of theorganisations. pensions and today. one. State Pension Age has changed several times and funds. Covid felt like it stopped the world turning and the will most likely do so again. At least interest rates have

global markets just the UK) collapsed inand March 2020 not changed much! then not the much better Consider this –(not joining the EU Rubbish was considered right significantly. Mostly turned into a 7-month financial blip today.this decision once upon a time. albeit it was very stressful at the time for many. Incredibly,

Consider this – joining the EU was considered the right

the calendar year room 2020 saw a hugetovaccination-based From my dining in 2009, an office in Heanor, decision once upon a time. recovery and produced often amazing and unexpected back to Belper and now to the present location, much positive returnsFrom givenmy their low point in thetospring dining room in 2009, officeofinthe has the greyness of myanhair andHeanor, the back to Belper and now to the present location, much samechanged year. including size of my waistline! Now as a team of 8 we seen has changed including the greyness of myhave hair and the size of my waistline! as a team of 8 we have seen the clientwe base expand over theNow years. ‘Generous’ So today have seen an incredibly tricky start to 2022. the client base expand over thelegislation years. ‘Generous’ successive Chancellors introduce new Firstly, unwanted rising inflation meaning central banks successive Chancellors introduce new legislation impacting the the need forwhich have moved topublic slow itand down by raising interest rates impacting thesignposting public and signposting the need for financial advice. traditionally coolfinancial downadvice. global economies. Unfortunately,

my lifetime of 50 years and I remember a good few of them.

(Techthe Bubble, the Banking Crisis Covid toshould name that need9/11, for financial advice andand a solution a few). This current uncertainty will be another,and to asolutions lesser Financial products not be seen as a one-off. extentprobably we hope.right We can be certain thatjust other major events were at the time, but how much has will take place the future but of course, we cannot predict changed sinceintheir inception? with any accuracy exactly what these may be.

Investment funds (whether held in pension wrappers or Previous conflicts have seen shrink anticipation alternative structures suchmarkets as Stocks and inShares ISAs),and in fear of war. Then, perversely, growing during the war itself. are by fund managers who are also human that mostly the need run for financial advice and a solution should Not all cases though. Financial products solutions not beinseen a one-off. beings. Asashumans they may retire,anddefect to other were probably right at the time, but just how much has companies, or run out of luck! Solutions thatto may have changed since inception?sitting on ‘paper losses’ So, whilst wetheir encourage avoid been right at the startas may no longer suitableitor crystallising ‘real losses’ a general ‘rule be of thumb’, is Investment funds (whether in pension wrappers effective. Leading fundheld managers in 2009 may no longer not altogether reliable. Some investments willor never alternative such as Stocks and Shares ISAs), 2020. be leadingstructures fundfund managers asand we approach recover; unreliable completely are mostlysome run by are managers who are also humanunsuitable. Circumstances each are to different. The means beings. As humansfor they mayinvestor retire, defect other

companies, orthe runpension out of luck! Solutions may have They will In April 2015, changed. to ‘ride out storm’ is regulations not alwaysthat available to every been right at the startchange may longer bePensions suitable or from prior almost certainly again. investor and actual realno loss could be devastating. Greatto effective. Leading fund managers in 2009 may no longer this time maymanagers no longer suitable – but just how would care is required. be leading fund as webe approach 2020. you know? So, as you sit munching your turkey over the will whatsoever April 2015, pension regulations changed. IInregularly interview clientshow who have They no festive period, consider many of idea these questions certainly change again. Pensions from prior to quality ifalmost the pension or investment they is good apply to you and see what mayhave benefit from having a this time may no longer be suitable – but just how would or often annual review. yousuitable. know? So,Many as youproviders sit munching youronly turkeysupply over the

statements. The valuations usually only show the date of the festive period, consider how many of these questions

apply to you see what mayto havingfinancial a of the journey last statement compared this. from No mention Is 2020 theand time to take abenefit look at your review. that the investment pension between these two arrangements onceoragain andtook get them fit for spot dates. Investors are blind to the levels of risk they are purpose? Is 2020 the time to take a look at your financial

exposed to and, many leave alone in blind arrangements once unaware, again and get theminvestors fit for

faith. So, sitting tight may not be the best solution and advice purpose? Wishing you a happy 2020 and a prosperous next 10 should be sought before making decisions to sell or remain in years. Wishing you a fund happyor 2020 and a prosperous next 10 the pension investment. years.

the markets don’t like this and react with large sell-offs due

What about you – what has changed in your lives over in your lives over What aboutlower you what has to expected returns for changed investors the growth the–last 10 years? How manyas jobs have you had? Has the last 10for years? manyshrink. jobs have you had? prospects many companies Secondly, all thisHas yourHow family extended or tragedy struck? How many times haveoryou moved house? How manymany pension coinciding with the escalating military conflict. your family extended tragedy struck? How you been a member and simply left, times have youschemes movedhave house? How manyofpension through one reason or another? How many cars, So normalhave best partners practice would be sitoftight long asleft, you schemes you been aother member andas simply and life to events have occurred? can affordone to and alloworthe markets How to recover they through reason another? many(ascars, mostly doand a la other 2020). Butevents the 2020 recovery was and unusually How many investments have you made when partners life have occurred? were they last reviewed and looked My point is quick and historically recoveries typically take 2at?years+.

Some many much longer. Therehave have you beenmade manyand global collapses in How investments when were they last reviewed and looked at? My point is

By Kevin Glover, Belper IFS

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I was required to fill in a hospital consent form recently for my daughter. The form asked for the following pieces of information ‘Mother’s Name and Occupation’ and ‘Father’s Name and Occupation.’ I was astounded. In the year 2022 we are still assuming that a family is made up of two opposite sex parents.

that if your family does not have one mother and one father then you are abnormal, unusual, difficult to process. Inclusion is the mark of any society of note or worth and we are failing on multiple levels – this is just a small example with an enormous impact. So I have rallied for change because creating real change needs all of us to stand up and have our thoughts heard. For all our families, our friends, our fellow humans it is time to act. It may not be easy but it is possible, and it needs all of us – including you, dear reader.

I asked myself what the same sex parents should do here. Should they misgender themselves to fit the box? Or what about solo parent families who may be so due to a variety of painful reasons including death or abuse? I suppose they should just live with the painful reminder of a blank space staring back at them. How about families where another family member has parental responsibility, like a grandfather or an aunt for example – are they less of a parent because they are not a mother or a father? This is a blatantly archaic statement of exclusion. It says loud and clear

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Life List A Certain Chemistry Science was never my strong point. I couldn’t understand how uranium ‘decays’ into lead over nearly 4.5 billion years – it sounds like the world’s longest magic trick...ta da! Even the names of the elements made little sense. Unless of course, those scientists were secretly trying to tell us something… CARBON – May produce weight gain if you have a sedentary lifestyle. BORON – Induces tiredness in social situations. Also known as YAWNIUM. MANGANESE – Gives you leg joints like a Japanese cartoon character. HAFNIUM – Somehow there’s never as much of it as you thought. NOBELIUM – It is sometimes used in the manufacture of the world’s quietest bicycles. ANTIMONY – Is there a risk it might bring down the capitalist system? IRIDIUM – Good for removing things, unlike its polar opposite, IKEEPIUM.

CHLORINE – Potentially found in cats? ARGON – Very hard to store because stocks never last long. CERIUM – Lacking in frivolity and may cause burns. KRYPTON – The unfathomable element. TANTALUM – It’s tempting to have it around. SILICON – The confidence trickster’s favourite. PALLADIUM – Was it discovered in London on a Sunday night? TUNGSTEN – This one is a bit of a mouthful. SCANDIUM – As seen in several thriller series on BBC4. COBALT – Often favoured by eloping couples. ZINC – Frequently used in the manufacture of German bathrooms. HELIUM and BROMINE – Maybe these elements are just for men? CALIFORNIUM – Suitable for dreamers. Did you know? The first documented discovery of an element was in Hamburg, in 1669, by Henning Brand. He isolated phosphorus by heating concentrated urine. Maybe that’s why it’s spelt with a ‘p’? By Derek Thompson

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Pets Sourcing a Pet Where to source a pet is an essential consideration if you want to buy an animal. Licensed puppy farms, for example, are not illegal, but might not provide the ideal start for a dog. Unlicensed farms are illegal, as are third-party commercial puppy dealers. Any young animal coming from a breeder needs to be healthy and to have had care, attention and socialisation during its first few weeks of life. We should all be aware that what you see on the internet isn’t necessarily a true-life picture of the animal that you are buying. Animal rescue organisations report that over 80 per cent of calls regarding young pets concern those found online. Health issues can result from mass breeding and rearing within inhumane conditions, including lack of space, light, warmth and inappropriate feeding. Although the internet is an excellent place to learn about animals of all descriptions, word of mouth is generally the best way to actually find a pet. Using personal

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On the north-west coast of Sicily, Palermo nestles around a lovely natural harbour looking out to the Tyrrhenian Sea. In this deep-water bay surrounded by mountains, myriad civilisations came and went, each golden age leaving its mark on the city. With its palaces and churches, the capital claims several UNESCO sites, starting with the medieval cathedral mirroring the city’s history over the centuries. Now in neo-classical style, the splendid interior can be complemented by a ‘rooftop walk’ with panoramic views. Other must-sees include the Baroque gem of Gesu Church and the Palatin Chapel, famous for Byzantine mosaics, in the Norman Palace. A former residence of Sicilian rulers, this has been beautifully restored and is the seat of Sicily’s Regional Assembly. Also built for royal pleasure were Cuba and Zisa, superb examples of Norman architecture in Eastern style. But most intriguing perhaps is the Chinese Pavilion, designed in 1799 for the future King of the Two Sicilies. Lord Nelson and his mistress were among the guests.

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Heritage aside, Palermo has a lot to offer along its tree-lined avenues. There’s luxury shopping in the high street but the heart of town is around Politeama, a favourite place to meet family or friends on the spacious piazzas that seem to flow into each other. Visitors gaze at the nearby theatres, Garibaldi with its circular colonnade and triumphal arch and Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy, but the locals just like to sit in the shade and watch the world go by. They call it ‘piazza culture’ and this is the time to sip a cool drink on a café terrace or feast on glorious Sicilian ice cream. Yet the prettiest square, they say, is Piazza Pretoria with its monumental fountain festooned in nude classical statues.

Within walking distance, the Botanical Garden invites you to relax among water features, palms, shrubs and some 12,000 species of plants. Most exciting is the giant fig tree with aerial roots, and you might spot the parrots that escaped from Via Giulia, the city’s oldest park, loved for its marble sundial and alcoves in Moorish style. Now you can almost hear the waves as the promenade beckons along the sea, laced in meandering paths and grassland full of wild flowers. Boats glisten in the marina, rigging tinkles and, in the fishing harbour, men mend their nets on a flotilla of blue boats. Then just out of town you will find turquoise water, tingling sand and fragrant hills with fabulous views.

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Pillow Talk Did you know that May 29th is ‘Put a Pillow on Your Fridge Day’? This is a modern interpretation of placing some linen in the larder. This tradition originated in the 1900s and is said to bring good luck and fortune to the family. Historical pillows The pillows of yore were certainly not the lovely, cushioned items we use today. Pillows of the past were used to prevent insects crawling in your ears and setting up home for the night. This practical nature meant they were often made of rock and stone. In ancient China, pillows were fashioned from jade, bronze and bamboo.

If a single woman sleeps with a piece of wedding cake under their pillow, they will dream of their future husband. Either that or end up having a midnight feast. Pillow weight According to some studies, up to a third of a pillow’s weight could be composed of sweat, dead skin cells, dust mites and their droppings. Sweet dreams…

Royal pillows Ancient Greeks and Romans valued comfort a little more and crafted pillows from cloth, straw and feathers. However, many people regarded the use of soft pillows as a sign of weakness. King Henry VII banned the use of pillows for this reason. Only pregnant women were allowed to rest their heads in comfort. Professional pillows Pillow fighting has gone professional! The first ever Pillow Fight Championship (PFC) was held this year in Florida. Although most competitors were martial arts trained, the competition is open for anyone to enter. With a $5000 prize up for grabs, it might be worth training for. However, check beforehand whether historical pillows are permitted in the ring. A pillow fighting tip to remember – never challenge Death to a pillow fight… unless you can handle the reaper cushions. Dream pillows As we lay our heads upon our pillows each night, we are transported to our dreams. This connection has led to people keeping items like crystals or worry dolls under their pillows to promote restful sleep. In some cultures, it is recommended to sleep with a knife under the pillow to ward off nightmares. This sounds a bit extreme. It might also frighten the tooth fairy or even give her nightmares. Pillow superstitions Guests in Asia might only be provided with one pillow. Any extra pillows might tempt a spirit to rest next to them.

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Recipe Salmon Niçoise Salad with Herb, Caper and Walnut Dressing This is a delicious protein-packed salad full of beneficial omega-3 antiinflammatory fats. Using walnut oil in the dressing is an easy way to further boost your intake of these healthy fats. This creamy dressing is equally delicious drizzled over any cooked fish or seafood. Serves: 2 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 2 boneless salmon or trout fillets, about 120g each, skin on Dressing 2 tbsp walnut oil 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp capers Juice of ½ lemon Zest of 1 lemon 1 tsp Dijon mustard 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs e.g. parsley, basil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Salad 6 new potatoes, halved 60g French beans, halved Bag of mixed lettuce leaves ½ cucumber, cut into ribbons 1 tbsp capers 10 cherry tomatoes, halved 30g black or green olives, pitted 1 hard-boiled egg, cut into quarters


Nutrition per serving: 567kcal, fat 36.8g (of which saturates 5.6g), carbohydrates 21.9g (of which sugars 4.7g), protein 34.2g Method: Bring a large steamer to the boil, tip the potatoes into the water then lay the fish fillets, skin-side down, in the steamer basket. Cover and cook for 6-8 mins, until the fish is cooked through, then remove and set aside. Blanch the beans for 1-2 minutes then drain. Place the mixed leaves in a large bowl and toss in the potatoes, cucumber, capers and beans. Scatter over the olives and tomatoes. Flake the fish into large chunks, discarding the skin, and add to the salad with the egg. Whisk all the ingredients for the dressing together and season to taste. Drizzle over the salad just before serving.

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Word on Wine

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At our February meeting, we had a tasting of Spanish wines from John Hattersley Wines in Bakewell and I was reintroduced to a great red wine that I have previously reviewed, from just outside Valencia in Spain.

This wine is 100% Bobal grape and comes from vines around 1000m altitude and 60km east of Valencia. The area benefits from hot, dry summers, cold nights and poor limestone soil which keeps the vines relatively clear of diseases. The estate is dedicated to organic production and produces crisp white wines as well as this concentrated, fruitdriven, spicy red wine. The wine is produced from the oldest low yield vines grown in loam plains and is fermented in barrels before undergoing malolactic fermentation, then being stored for 6 months in French barriques before bottling.

The wine is the ‘Pasión de Bobal’ 2019 made by Bodega Sierra Norte at Finca Fuentesseca in the Utiel Requena region of Spain for Boutinot wine in the UK, and it was just as good this time round! The Bobal grape is Spain’s second most planted grape and is native to the Utiel Requena region. It is rarely found outside the region and makes up to 80% of the region’s red wine. The name comes for the Latin word ‘boval’ meaning bull’s head, as the bunches of grapes resemble the head of a bull. The variety does well in this warm area of Spain and previously has been used as a ‘work horse’ being blended with lesser wines by adding depth to the wines. Younger vines tend to produce light fruity

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Beer Mild As we approach the month of May my mind starts to think of this underrated beer style, with CAMRA designating this month ‘The Month of Mild’. Normally, during May, good local real ale and craft beer establishments celebrate by ensuring that they have at least one mild on at any given time, with many breweries brewing this beer seasonally for just this time of year. Modern mild ales are mainly dark-coloured with an ABV ranging between 3% to 3.6%, although there are lighter-hued examples as well as stronger examples reaching 6% ABV and higher. With a predominantly malty palate, it originated in Britain in the 17th century and originally meant a ‘young’ ale as opposed to a ‘stale’ aged or old ale. It is now more often interpreted as a beer that is mildly hopped. Once sold in most pubs, mild experienced a sharp decline in popularity in the 1960s and was in danger of completely disappearing, but the increase of microbreweries has led to a modest renaissance and an increasing number of milds (sometimes labelled ‘dark’) being brewed. Until the 1960s, mild was the most popular beer style in England. Pockets of demand remain, particularly in the West Midlands and North West England, but it has been largely ousted by bitter and lager elsewhere. If you can find any of these beers, they come highly recommended: Boxcar – Dark Mild 3.6% Boxcar, based in Bethnal Green, pride themselves on making fresh, seasonal and experimental beers for a modern world. And this mild is a great example of doing just


that. The malt profile brings fruit, chocolate and nut flavours to the fore and, by adjusting the water profile, Boxcar have been able to enhance the mouthfeel and body, making it a beer that really has a lot of flavour for one with a modest ABV. Sarah Hughes – Dark Ruby 6% On many people’s list of beers to ‘try before you die’, this Dark Ruby mild combines a balance of intense colour and flavour, delivering a deep malty backbone complemented with hints of caramel and chocolate and a finish of fruit cake. Still brewed on the original premises at the Beacon Hotel, in the shadow of the Sedgley Beacon hills, this English Heritage listed building with a national important historic pub interior is still a place where time stood still. Ampersand Brew Co – Forenoon 3.5% This mild ale is brewed with additions of milk, sugar and cold steeped coffee beans. Previously they have used a mocha blend of beans roasted in Norfolk by local roaster Tropic Coffee. Expect a smooth full body from the lactose with dark caramel and chocolate flavours from the coffee. By Sean McKeown Follow Sean on Twitter @joonip3r

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Motoring Lexus NX Review What is it? The new NX is the first time Lexus has offered a plug-in hybrid powertrain (PHEV), and the mid-sized SUV has been made more competitive with rivals such as Volvo and BMW. This is Lexus’ best-selling model in the UK. What’s new? There’s a newlook exterior, new powertrains and a more enjoyable driving experience. Key changes are the new infotainment system and redesigned interior. The whole car is slightly larger than the old NX and has extra safety and convenience technology. What’s under the bonnet? The powertrain options are 350h and 450h+, both with a petrol engine paired to electric motors on both axles, giving 241bhp and 305bhp respectively. The 350h regular hybrid reaches 60mph in 7.7 seconds, compared with 6.3 seconds in the PHEV. The PHEV’s bigger battery gives it a 47-mile electric-only range. Economy figures were disappointing – although 53 per cent of our journey was on electric-only power, overall consumption was about 36mpg (compared to the pointless official measurements of up to 314mpg). So keep the battery topped up! What’s it like to drive? Even our test car in F-Sport trim gave good ride quality, with the smooth, silent electric motors making the NX feel refined. The engine can be quite gruff, but the modern CVT gearbox is no longer a weak link. How does it look? The firm’s angular design ethos and imposing front grilles make it stand out from the crowd. The spindle grille is more upright, while the chrome frame has been ditched. The rear end is muscular and the car looks fairly compact.

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What’s it like inside? The cockpit is familiarly Lexus, but without the overly complicated cabins of previous models. The high-resolution touchscreen is a step up, with clear graphics and quick responses. It has a great driving position, high-quality materials and there is plenty of space for passengers. What’s the spec like? Entry-level models are well-equipped – starting at £38,300 for the 350h and £48,800 for the 450h+, this feels like the best-value option. Standard equipment includes extensive safety equipment, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, heated front seats, LED headlights and 18-inch alloys. The Premium Pack is standard in the 450h+, adding privacy glass, heated steering wheel, wireless charger and more. F Sport models start at £47,300 (350h) or £54,800 (450h+) and include adaptive variable sports suspension, an extra drive mode, sports steering wheel, F Sport leather upholstery and 20-inch alloys, plus the Premium Plus pack of LED cornering lights, larger touchscreen display and adaptive high-beam. These models have an optional Takumi pack, adding a Mark Levinson sound system, head-up display and sunroof (450h+) or panoramic roof (350h). The top-spec Takumi starts from £51,800 (350h) or £57,800 (450h+) and includes fully automated parking, the stereo upgrade, a ‘card key’, leather upholstery and 20-inch alloys. Verdict The new NX is a genuine alternative to premium marques like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Comparing rationally, it’s difficult to recommend the NX over, say, a Volvo XC60 or an Audi Q5, but it won’t disappoint.

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Managing Stress You will never get rid of stress completely and, as mentioned, stress can actually be healthy in some situations.

The Impact of Stress on Our Bodies I am always talking to clients about just how much stress can impact the body. You can’t fool the body – you may think you’re ok but your body may tell you differently. When you’re sitting in traffic or late for a meeting and watching the minutes tick away our hypothalamus, a tiny control tower in the brain, orders: ‘Send in the stress hormones!’ These are the same hormones that trigger your body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. Your heart races, your breath quickens, and your muscles get ready for action. This response was designed to protect your body in an emergency by preparing you to react quickly. But when the stress response keeps firing, day after day, it could put your health at serious risk. Stress is a natural reaction to life experiences. Everyone suffers stress from time to time, from everyday responsibilities like work and family to serious life events such as a death in the family, redundancies, or an illness. For immediate, short-term situations, stress can be beneficial – it can help you cope with potentially serious situations. However, for a lot of people this stress response doesn’t stop firing. The levels stay elevated which can massively impact on health.

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Derbyshire Walking: Higger Tor & Burbage Rocks from Longshaw Distance – 5.3 miles / 8.6 km Ascent – 600 feet / 182 metres Time – 3 hours 20 minutes Grade – easy/moderate Author – Lou Johnson Start – OS grid reference SK266800 Postcode S11 7TZ (approx. location only) what3words start:

This short half day Peak District walk is a route full of contrasts. In the early stages the walk crosses some wild moorland and includes the well-known rocky viewpoint of Higger Tor. From here the views across the valley to the gritstone Burbage Edge are excellent. The return route follows the infant Burbage Brook which includes a delightful section towards the end of the walk. Finally you have a chance to explore some of the grounds of the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate. Refreshments are available at the start and end in Longshaw Lodge. The Route 1. The start is the main National Trust car park for the Longshaw Estate (grid ref. SK266800). After parking, follow the signed footpath towards Longshaw Lodge. On reaching the main drive turn right and walk to the B6521. Cross this road

carefully and bear right to take a signed footpath on your left (grid ref. SK265802). 2. Follow this clear path through light woodland until you reach the busy A6187 at Burbage Bridge. Cross when safe and follow the road to the left. Once across the bridge take the first footpath on the right.

3. The onward route crosses Hathersage Moor. It can be a little wet underfoot after rain. The path is distinct and well-trodden trending roughly northwards to Carl Wark, an ancient fort which rises above the surrounding moorland. 4. Descend a little and keep on the same bearing towards Higger Tor which is the next objective. This gritstone mass rises quite sharply although the ascent is relatively short lived. Once you have reached the top it is worth spending a few minutes exploring as there are some fine views to be enjoyed in all directions. 5. Continue in the same direction leaving Higger


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Health, Beauty & Fitness 9. You can turn left and return easily to the start but a much more enjoyable finale to the walk is to bear right and walk towards Burbage Bridge. Before you reach the road turn left (grid ref. SK261806), cross the footbridge over Burbage Brook and follow the path down the stream. This is a pretty stretch and in fine weather is a popular place to relax and perhaps paddle in the brook. Tor. Bear right at the first major junction of paths to walk parallel to the road on your left. This road is rather quaintly known as Fiddler’s Elbow, probably because of its alignment. 6. On reaching the road (grid ref. SK260829) bear right and cross Upper Burbage Bridge. From here you have a lovely view of your return walk.

7. Once across Upper Burbage Bridge turn right and follow the broad path along the east side of the valley. To your left are Burbage Rocks – a favourite spot for climbers. This is easy walking and you will get a fine view of Higger Tor on your right as you gently descend. 8. You reach the A6187 just east of Burbage Bridge (grid ref. SK262805). Cross this busy main road and take the footpath opposite. After a short way you reach the path used in the early stages of the walk.

10. Continue down to the next footbridge (grid ref. SK257800). Cross this bridge and walk up to the B6521. Cross the road and bear right to take a signed footpath on the left. This leads up Granby Wood, passes a small lake and leads to Longshaw Lodge and back to the start.

Walk supplied by Walking Britain (walk no. 1093). For more walks, or to download a GPS file for this walk, visit We have taken reasonable steps to ensure that this walk is safe and achievable by walkers of a realistic level of fitness. The publisher accepts no responsibility for any injuries caused to readers whilst following the walk. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Walk details correct at time of going to print. It is advisable to carry the relevant OS map with you when walking the route.

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Not your bog-standard kind of sport… Fancy navigating your way along a cold, muddy bog, wearing a snorkel and flippers? If your answer is an emphatic “No!” you may be surprised to hear that there are hundreds of people – not just in Britain, but across the globe – who would be happy to take your place. Bog snorkelling is a slippery, slimy sport popular in the UK, Australia, Ireland and Sweden, which has featured in travel publication Lonely Planet’s list of the world’s top fifty ‘must do’ activities. Competitors are required to travel two consecutive lengths along a 60 yard (55 metre) trench cut into a peat bog, completing the journey in the shortest possible time. Conventional swimming strokes are not allowed and competitors must rely on flipper power to propel themselves forward. Dressing for the bog Donning goggles, a snorkel and flippers is compulsory, but there are no rules when it comes to the clothes competitors wear. This has resulted in some wonderfully eclectic costumes, with snorkellers appearing as sharks and other sea creatures as well as fairies, superheroes and spacemen. Comic wigs and hats abound – in fact there’s a prize for the ‘Best Dressed Helmet’ for people taking part in the Triathlon, which combines bog snorkelling with bike riding and running. A proud history The World Bog Snorkelling Championships are held each August in Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales. This sleepy Welsh town lays claim to the title ‘The home of bog snorkelling’, as the sport was invented there in 1976, following a pub conversation between a few locals intent on finding a new tourist attraction. Although it is a relatively new ‘sport’, bog snorkelling has all the good humour and anarchic energy of other quintessentially British events such as pancake racing, tar barrel racing and cheese rolling, and just like those activities it requires a certain amount of skill and effort to compete successfully. However, bog snorkelling is open to everyone, young and old, with contestants as young as eight taking part.

We are the champions The current champion of the over-fifties section is 51-year-old Somerset postman and hockey coach Ian Maclachlan, who first won in his debut year in 2017 and has held onto the title ever since. The current men’s World Champion is Neil Rutter, who is also unbeaten since 2017. He broke the World Record in 2018 with a time of 1 min 18.81 seconds. The women’s World Champion in 2019 was Betsy Creak with a time of 1 minute 42.22 seconds, and the women’s World Record is held by Kirsty Johnson who managed a time of 1 minute 22.56 seconds in 2014. After a couple of years off, the World Championships are set to return in 2022. Bog snorkelling may not be up there with the classic Olympic sports, but it more than makes up for that in terms of the enjoyment it generates, not to mention the good causes it helps through fundraising. And that’s not all … Llanwrtyd Wells’ ambition to become a national hub for quirky sporting events took another step forward in 2012, with the creation of the World Alternative Games. Although the Games were inspired by the London 2012 Olympics and claim to uphold the ‘Corinthian spirit’ in all their events, the activities on offer at Llanwrtyd Wells are about as far removed from the Olympic programme as it’s possible to get. As well as bog snorkelling, medals are awarded for bathtubbing, belly-flopping, worm charming, wife carrying and husband dragging. You can find out more about bog snorkelling and related events at By Kate McLelland

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When we join this rollercoaster journey called parenting there are many things we’re unprepared for, but one thing I was particularly in the dark about was the phenomenon known as ‘Mum Guilt’. From day one I was immediately aware that I really didn’t know what I was doing with this parenting lark; every day really was a school day. What I didn’t know was that every little thing I did or didn’t do from now on would come with a hefty side order of guilt. And unfortunately, as my kids have grown older, this does not abate. Those feelings of ‘Have I done it right?’ or ‘Have I done enough?’ are constant. In the early days you worry about whether you should let them cry or pick them up, whether you’re cuddling them too much or not enough, if they’re hot or cold, if you should take them out or if they’ve been in the car seat for too long, whether they’re eating enough/too much/the right things … the list is endless. You can berate yourself and tie your tired mind into knots worrying about the possible consequences of making the ‘wrong’ choice at any stage. There’s always a nagging feeling that everything you do or say could impact their growth, development or future happiness and that’s an overwhelming responsibility. As they get older, this relentless questioning of your decisions and actions continues: ‘Did I shout too much?’, ‘Should I have said yes when I said no/no when I said yes?’, ‘Have they had too much screen time?’, ‘Are they watching the wrong things?’, ‘Do they get enough sleep?’, ‘Are they involved in too many activities/not enough activities?’, ‘Should I be working more/should I be at home more?’ You second guess Every. Single. Thing … it’s utterly exhausting (not to mention, utterly pointless!). Often these feelings of guilt are entirely contradictory. One day we can feel bad for not giving our kids enough space and then the next day

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Community Diary April / May 2022 Now that Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, we’re pleased to reintroduce our Community Diary for local events! April: 2nd: Willow Workshop, 11-5pm No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Taster day for beginners & intermediate, £60 per person. Booking essential: or 2nd: Derby Bach Choir is back at the Cathedral for the first time since 2019! Bach Handel Purcell – beautiful music from 1682- 1749. 7.30pm. Tickets from £10-£20 (students £5, unaccompanied u16s free). Booking via or tickets available on the door. 10th: Derby 10km run, 9am, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8XL. Pre-entered runners only. Free places for runners who commit to fundraising for Age UK Derby & Derbyshire. To join AGEUKDD team email or call 01773 766922 before 3rd April. T-shirt & medal included! 10th: Gong Bath: heal your body, calm the mind, deeply relax. No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. 7-8.30pm, £15. To book contact Rachel: 07816 458784 / 22nd: Belper Welcome Meal 12-2pm at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Soup/bread & pudding, No need to book, pay what you can. Welcome Meal Project volunteers supported by Unite, Belper Town Council, Co-op. 23rd: Transition Belper’s Green Exchange with Repair Café, 10am – 1pm at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Facebook: transitionbelper; Twitter: @TBelper 30th: Local Schools & Groups - Celebrate the birthday of Captain Sir Tom Moore! Join Age UK Derby & Derbyshire’s ‘100 Challenge’ to raise £100 for Age UK DD. Get creative – set any challenge around the number 100 (the challenge does not have to be carried out on this date). To get involved email or call 01773 766922 / 07907 274884. May: 7th: The Philosopher’s Café: The Paradox of Choice. 11am at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Booking essential via Eventbrite: The Paradox of Choice. £7 per person, cakes & refreshments included. 14th: An Evening of Mediumship with International Medium Steven Holbrook at Belper Spiritualist Church, 5 New Road, DE56 1US. 7pm (doors open 6.30pm). Tickets £12. Advance bookings only – 07833 347893. 27th: Belper Welcome Meal 12-2pm at No.28 Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ. Soup/bread & pudding, No need to book, pay what you can. Welcome Meal Project volunteers supported by Unite, Belper Town Council, Co-op. Please check events with the venue/organiser as the publisher accepts no responsibility if events are changed/cancelled following publication. If you have a one-off event or special excursion for June/July 2022 please email it to Deadline is Wednesday 20th April 2022.

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Short Story The Frosty Campaign “It keeps making that awful whining noise.” Valerie had interrupted Brian’s programme to announce she intended to buy a new freezer. “And I’m fed up with going out to the garage to kick it.” “I’ve not heard anything.” Brian took out his ear plugs. He had noticed a strange noise in recent weeks but had just put it down to workmen digging up the tarmac. “Besides, the exercise will do you good.” “It’s not like I can’t afford it.” He nearly choked on his custard cream. Ever since she’d won the bingo Valerie had been on a spending spree – posh loo roll, that scented candle and butter instead of margarine. The money had gone to her head. She would fritter it all away and he would never get any benefit. He’d got his eye on one of those electric foot massagers for his bunions and had left the catalogue open on the coffee table. So far Valerie hadn’t taken the hint. “Waste of time getting a new one.” He turned up the TV volume (that freezer really was making a racket). “We never use it for anything anyway.” Valerie had narrowed her eyes and returned to the kitchen to bash some pans together, which she always did when she was sulking. Since then, things had taken a strange turn at mealtimes. Valerie had, in thirty years of marriage, always been an excellent cook, but the menu became experimental. On Monday she’d served up what she insisted was chicken pie with mash and peas. It turned out to be apple pie, ruined by a lathering of gravy. Tuesday was a single fish finger and a spoonful of spaghetti bolognaise. On Wednesday things got even weirder – baked bean vol-au-vents.

the back of the freezer.” Valerie unfolded a napkin on her lap. “You know, the freezer you claim we never use.” “Well, if this is all you use it for, we’re better off without it,” Brian muttered glumly (he’d been looking forward to his mid-week oven chips). “It’s giving me indigestion.” On Thursday Valerie cheerfully served up chilli con carne and a frostbitten turkey leg she claimed was left over from Christmas. Brian wasn’t sure which Christmas because they’d gone to his mother’s for the last three years. “I’ve changed my mind about buying a new one after all,” Valerie shouted over the sound of the freezer as she cleared away the dinner trays. “There’s plenty of life left in the old one yet.” “Thank goodness for that.” It had been a long, testing week for Brian’s digestive system. “You’ve saved yourself some money there. You should treat yourself.” “Do you think so, Brian?” Valerie smiled, drying her hands on a tea towel. “Something rash and indulgent?” “Why don’t you sit down, love?” Brian seized his opportunity and pulled the coffee table nearer, arranging the catalogue pages. “I bet your feet are killing you, what with all that running back and forth to the garage?” “They really are,” Valerie rested her feet on the table and wriggled her toes, “but I think I know what’ll fix that.” “That’s nice, ducky,” Brian nodded, relieved she had finally taken the bait. “I’m sure you know what’s best.”

“Have you seen this recipe in one of your magazines?” Brian asked warily. “Because I think you should cancel your subscription.”

“So I’ve booked myself into a health spa for the weekend.” Valerie plumped the cushion behind her. “You don’t mind fending for yourself, do you? There’s plenty of food in the freezer.”

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Friendship Blooms Show your appreciation for a fellow member of the community; it may be a friend, a family member or maybe someone you’ve come into contact with who provides a wonderful service or who works hard to make a difference. Let All Things Local surprise them with a fresh bouquet of flowers.

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All Things Local has joined forces with Rachael Collins (pictured) from Fleur Florist of King Street, Belper to offer readers the chance to show their appreciation for a fellow member of the community. The recipient of this issue’s bouquet is Mary Brown from Kilburn. She has been nominated by Leanne Bunting, also from Kilburn. Here’s what Leanne wrote: “I would like to nominate Mary Brown as she is a wonderful neighbour and much more. Mary is so considerate and caring, from taking bins down our path while we’re out at work to leaving daffodils on the doorstep to bring us a little cheer each week. Mary always makes time to chat and check on everybody. Her kindness towards the local children can be found in her baking of biscuits each Halloween, amongst many other things. Mary really is the epitome of community and Kilburn is a friendlier, more welcoming, and happier place for having her here.” Leanne Bunting, Kilburn Nominate someone to receive the next bouquet. All you have to do is state, in no more than 100 words, who you are nominating. Include their address and the reasons why you are nominating them. You can nominate more than one person if they are living/ working at the same address… and remember, flowers don’t just have to be for women! The only rule is that the person receiving the flowers must live or work in the distribution area of All Things Local Village Edition (listed on front cover). Just write your nomination on a piece of paper and send to Friendship Blooms, All Things Local, 74 Woodhouse Road, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 0NA or e-mail your nomination to putting ‘Friendship Blooms’ as the subject. Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number on your nomination.

Mary Brown (right) with her lovely bouquet presented by Leanne Bunting.

Closing date for nominations for the next issue is Wednesday 20 April 2022. All nominations are kept on file and you will be contacted if your nomination has been selected. Contact information is only used by All Things Local; no information is given to any third party.

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Are you worried that your parents are going to fall? A fall can happen anytime. This happens to thousands of elderly people each year who live on their own. At Coxbench Hall Residential Home they will be looked after 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Home is specifically designed to aid those who have limb weakness. We have specialist Physiotherapists and qualified Falls Prevention Instructors providing classes twice a week. Along with a call button right by their side to summon help whenever they may need it. Imagine how great you'll feel knowing they are finally safe, secure and happy with our online portal that you can log into 24/7 anywhere in the world to see how they are.

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Amber Valley Stroke Group Amber Valley Stroke Group has been supporting stroke survivors and their carers for almost forty years and has recently received substantial funding from the National Lottery to help them to continue their excellent work, supporting anyone who has been affected by stroke at any age.

MP Nigel Mills enjoys a game of indoor curling with AVSG members.

Town Mayor Councillor EmmasWilliams and Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills present the National Lottery cheque to the group.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills and Town Mayor Councillor EmmasWilliams visited the Amber Valley Stroke Group to present the £10,000 cheque and join in some activities with the members. A games afternoon was planned, with participants competing for the honour of being the first recipient of the John C Ward memorial cup – a tribute to a much-loved former member of the group. MP Nigel Mills joined in with the games, trying his hand at a spot of indoor curling! The games afternoon was just an example of the regular activities that the group enjoys together, which are not only designed for fun and socialising but also to promote balance, coordination and independence, which can all be severely affected by a stroke.

The John C Ward memorial cup.

Amber Valley Stroke Club has been there for local people for 40 years, starting in 1982 as Ripley Stroke Club before being renamed in 2002 as Amber Valley Stroke Club and becoming a registered charity. Some members have been going to the group for many years and have benefitted immensely from the friendship and support it offers. Their activity sessions can involve anything from speakers and entertainers, to arts and crafts, interactive DVD quiz games and indoor games and the group also enjoys several trips and outings each year.

Secretary Terry Shiels explains: “The face of stroke has changed in recent times. We are seeing younger and younger people suffering strokes, even children and babies! Our aim is to try and change the perception that stroke only affects old people; it doesn’t! It affects all ages and we are here for all stroke survivors and their carers. Our simple aim is to show people there can be meaningful life after stroke.” “This year with the funding we have just received from the National Lottery we are addressing the mental health and well-being of our group members with a host of exciting outings. We have planned things such as a canal boat trip and afternoon tea on a train. We are visiting the seaside in Llandudno in the summer, sailing at Carsington Water, the Black Country Museum and other trips. We are here to support anyone who has been affected by stroke during what can be an incredibly difficult time and we hope to welcome new members to our friendly, supportive group.” THERE IS LIFE AFTER STROKE! affected by stroke during what can be an incredibly difficult time and we hope to welcome new members to our friendly, supportive group.” THERE IS LIFE AFTER STROKE! Members of Amber Valley Stroke Group with Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

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Local History

Something from Strutts… Historical Find at Strutts Community Centre Over a century after the opening of the brand new and hugely promising Herbert Strutt School in 1908 the building still holds many reminders of its grammar school days. Some of these are obvious, such as the achievement boards displayed round the hall, whilst others have been found in lofts, cupboards and storerooms. A few years ago we found two impressive large sports trophies, dating back to the early years, which were discoloured and badly dented. We decided to upgrade them by polishing the wood and removing the central shields to push out the dents. To our surprise the removed shields revealed two copies of the newspaper The Daily Sketch, dated October 31st 1913 and November 5th 1913 respectively. Not only did these dates coincide with the recently opened Strutts School beginning to recognise the achievements of its students, but it also highlighted a very important period in our country’s history. In 1913 it was little over a year since the unthinkable loss of the Titanic and in eleven months’ time the country would be plunged into the dark years of war, which would decimate an entire generation. A significant period of history indeed.

So what is on the covers of these newspapers? Well, the mood is upbeat and carefree! One contains images of immaculately groomed men and women engaged in tango tea dancing, the latest London craze. On the other, Duke Ernest, son of the Duke of Cumberland, is seen riding in triumph through the streets of Germany in the company of Kaiser Wilhelm, provoking an irony which is only clear in retrospect. Other articles include a review of James Barrie’s The Adored One, graphic pictures of Portsmouth in flood and advice as to how to look good in the London fog! There are weddings, funerals and tips to make you an economical housewife. The editorial asks if we are bored with the tango. (Strictly, no we aren’t!) The many students who held up these trophies, celebrating their sporting successes over the years, were unaware of the little scraps of history buried within them which, but for chance, might have remained undiscovered forever. These students have become part of this glimpse of the past; through those names engraved for all time. Also, I can’t help thinking about the hands which folded those newspapers; were they holding a gun just a short time later? Or did the craftsman survive the war and go on to produce more beautiful artefacts which would still be treasured a century later? We will never know. By Joan Hardy Strutts Society Committee

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Upbeat Appeal to Public and Landlords to Spot Signs of Cannabis Grows. In recent weeks eight grows have been found across Derbyshire – with four being discovered in a single day in Derby. Officers are appealing for the public’s help – and in particular landlords – to be aware of the signs to spot that a cannabis grow might be in their community. Detective Chief Inspector Darren Pope said: “Cannabis grows pose a really serious risk to the public – not only from the criminality that they bring to an area – but also the dangerous ways in which electricity is bypassed to provide power to the grow. “In Derbyshire, as has been seen across the country, we have seen a real increase in the numbers of grows being found and the force is working hard to bring those responsible to justice. “However, we need the public’s help to do that. In particular landlords and letting agents hold a key position when it comes to stopping criminals from being able to establish a grow.” Damage from cannabis grows can cost landlords tens of thousands of pounds and, if they do not undertake certain checks, run the risk of a five-year prison sentence and an unlimited fine.

DCI Pope said: “Criminals will use fake documents in order to let homes and other buildings – and it is imperative to ensure that any documentation you are given is legitimate. “Some points that should raise suspicions are poor quality ID, a driving licence is offered as ID (this is not legal), no proof of employment, tenant wants to deal in cash only, difficulty in gaining access to the property after renting.” Key signs for the public that a grow might be in their area: • Are the curtains permanently closed or windows covered? • Is there a loud or distinctive sound of fans whirring? • Are there a large number of food deliveries being made to the property? • Have you never seen those living inside the address? • Is there a distinct smell of cannabis from the property? Anyone, whether a landlord or member of the public, who is concerned can contact the force using any of the below methods: • Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary • Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact • Website – complete the online contact form • Phone – call us on 101.

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Bereavement Matters Heanor Spirit

I have lived in the town most of my life, which is long enough to be biased enough to say that I think that the biggest asset of the town is its people, who are proud of a place that, like so many towns like it, has been forgotten by successive governments.

It’s always a pleasure to hand over the proceeds from our annual charity appeal because it gives us an opportunity to learn about the side of Heanor that very few people are usually aware of.

As I write, there is much debate concerning plans for the former Heanor Grammar School building, which I think has the potential, if the right scheme comes along, to bring real benefits to Heanor.

In this instance our donation took the form of a £500 cheque to the local charity Salcare, which is a onestop shop for people in need, just a few yards away from our office in Abbott Street.

Personally, I would love to see it become home to artisan food producers or independent retailers, the likes of which we don’t have enough of, because the town has proven to be remarkably resilient and I think it would support them.

What struck me this time, apart from the admirable range of vital services that Salcare provides, was the sense of community spirit that exists within its walls.

But whatever happens, speaking as both a resident and as someone who runs a business in the town, I think it could be key to Heanor’s future because there is enough local pride and community spirit around to make it work.

We already saw that when we held the appeal, which involved families coming down to see us and leaving a message of remembrance on the branches of a Christmas tree and leaving a donation.

By Anthony Topley Funeral director, Gillotts Funeral Directors, Abbott Street, Heanor

The response we had was overwhelming and, I believe, so typical of Heanor.

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Index Accommodation: Hayes Wood Lodge Accountant: Easy Accounts Ltd Accountant: Yeomans Accountancy Ltd Aerials: Aerial Technology of Ripley Airport Transfers: Holbrook Travel Alterations & Dressmaking: The Duffield Dressmaker Animal Welfare: The Cats Protection League Antique Dealer/Collector: Henry Ash Architect: BDS Architecture Architect: Green 2K Design

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Bathrooms: Bathtime Heanor Bathrooms: Belper Kitchens & Bathrooms Bathrooms: Browns Builders Merchants Bathrooms: Knight Interiors Bathrooms: Paul M Longden Bedrooms: Contour Furnishings Bedrooms: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse Bedrooms: Oatenvale Blinds, Curtains & Shutters: Hillarys Blinds, Curtains & Soft Furnishings: Joy Clark Builder’s Merchant/Landscaping Products: Browns Building Work: 3Sixty Property Solutions Building Work: Bennett Construction Building Work: Harrison & Son Building Work: JJN Building Services Building Work: TDB Builders

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Car Body Repairs & Servicing: B A Kelf Car Body Repairs: ChipsAway Car Body Repairs: Martin Buxton Car Key Replacement: Belper Car Keys Car Sales: Net Cars Ilkeston Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: 20Ten Garage Services Car Servicing, Repairs, MOTs: Little Eaton Garage Carer Services: Right at Home Carpets & Flooring: Ian Wilson Carpets & Flooring: Spondon Carpets Carpets & Flooring: T Nutt & Sons Cleaning/Sanitising Service: Janine Cleaning Cleaning/Sanitising Service: Molly Maid Cleaning/Sanitising Service: Time for You Computer Support: Eaton PCs Computer Support: PC Support Computer Tuition: Computer Tutor for U Conservatories, Windows, Doors: Abbey Glass

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Dentist: Glendair Dental Practice Dentures: Beautiful Dentures Dog Grooming: Abbie’s Dog Grooming Dog Grooming: Top Hat ‘n’ Tails Door Maintenance & Repair: Door Maintenance & Repair

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Education: Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Education: Language for Fun Electrical Goods Retailer: Lester & Nix Electrician: Andy Hill Electrician: Devenport Electrical Electrician: McPherson-Davis Electrician: Midlec Electrician: PAS Electrical Electrician: TME Electrical

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Fencing: ColourFence Fence Panels & Wood: Walvins Timber Financial Advice: Belper IFS Florist: Fleur Florist Footcare: Amber Feet Footcare: Nahele Holistics Funeral Directors: Gillotts Funeral Services Funeral Directors: Thomas Ryde & Son Furniture Makers: Incite Interiors

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Kitchens: Belper Kitchens & Bathrooms Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchens: Holtams Kitchens: Kitchen & Bedroom Warehouse Kitchens: Oatenvale Kitchens: Paul M Longden Kitchens: Sonna Kitchens

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Landscaping: AH Roofing & Landscape Landscaping: Harrison & Son Landscaping: Langley Landscaping: Mount Pleasant Landscaping Lawn Mowing & Hedge Cutting: Lawns & Hedges Log Supplies: Robeys

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Massage: Equilibrium Mobility Store: Derbyshire Mobility

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Residential Home: Coxbench Hall Resin Driveways: Buffalo Driveways Restaurant: Angelo’s Bistro at The Kings Head Restaurant/Function Rooms/Hotel: Morley Hayes Restaurant/Function Room: The Sitwell Arms Roofing & Landscaping: AH Roofing & Landscape Roofing: Harris Roofing Services Roofing: Harrison & Son Roofing: Ripley Rubber Roofing

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Security: Prestige Solicitors: Shacklocks Solicitors: Smith Partnership Stroke Support Group: Amber Valley Stroke Group

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